Edit Poetry?


by: Shannon Hames

Who remembers being in elementary school and discovering poetry?

And wondering about the messed up punctuation?

And all of the rules that the teacher allowed you to ignore in poetry that you would have gotten a red mark on your paper for in any other writing?

Who remembers the term “poetic license?”  It was a free trip to Disney World to say your peace and not worry about rules.

Anarchy on paper!

You don’t even need to put a period there

Words don’t have to rhyme.

Screw capitalization if you don’t feel like it should be that way.  Save it for another day!


And the Hai-Ku?

Say what you want, no matter what… it’s all based on syllables!


A Hai Ku about getting out of bed in the morning:

No. No. No. No. No.

No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

No. No. No. No. No.

How do you like me now, editor?  What are you going to do with my angry poetry rant?

How do you make this better without making it worse?

It’s all in your mind, editor

You think you can do better than me?

You think you can edit me?

Think again…


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